Recently transformed from an old Carlton favourite into a sleek new pub and beer garden, the Prince Alfred Hotel has now added a rooftop bar to its offering.
Designed by Hot Black Architects, the rooftop highlights the rich textures and blue hues of the newly fitted ground floor and offers both indoor booth and outdoor umbrella seating — so it works well for Melbourne's four-seasons-in-one-day weather conditions.
The rooftop overlooks the University of Melbourne and is sure to become the go-to for after-class pints and lunch breaks, with the $15 student menu including parmas, steaks and risotto. The new space boasts the full restaurant menu, too, so punters can enjoy refined pub grub while taking in some fresh air. Think dishes like twice-cooked pork belly with caramelised apple and leek, or Prince Alfred's take on classic pub fish and chips — battered rockling with fries, lime and seaweed tartare.
The venue has space for 300 all up and the bar boasts a whopping 60 beer taps to choose from, which range from local craft brewers to the well-known big names. Weekends play host to bottomless pancake parties (yes, it's a thing) for $25 and boozy brunches with bottomless mimosas, bloody marys and pints of Hoegaarden for $65 per person.
There are few things we love more than rooftop drinking sessions and the space is a welcome addition to an already exciting new opening.